Café Scientifique network
Café Scientifique Guelph is part of a world-wide network of cafés designed to bring science to the public in familiar venues such as cafés, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.
The first Café Scientifiques were held in the UK in Leeds in 1998. From there, cafés sprang up throughout the UK, where more than 30 cafés meet regularly, and have spread world wide. In addition to Guelph there are cafés throughout Canada in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Manitoba, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver (see world links).
frequently asked questions
What is Café Scientifique?
Café Scientifique is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. It is designed to be informal and accessible to all interested members of the local community.
Who else will be there?
Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.
What happens at a Café Scientifique?
The café starts with a short 20 minute talk from the speaker, who is usually a university professor, to introduce the topic. After this there is usually a short break to allow cups/glasses to be refilled and conversations to start. This is followed by an hour or so of questions and answers and general discussion. Anyone can ask a question, and we positively welcome those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.
Where and When?
Café Scientifiques are hosted in a range of venues. Café Scientifique Guelph will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Diana Downtown in downtown Guelph (see dates).
What subjects will be discussed?
Café Scientifiques cover a wide range of issues relating to science and technology. Topics covered have included biodiversity, genetically modified organisms, global warming, greening business and more. All Café Scientifiques welcome suggestions from the audience about their programmes.
Café Scientifique Guelph will focus on "The human dimensions of the environment" in 2009/2010
Do I need to buy a ticket?
Café Scientifique Guelph is free and you can just turn up on the night. If fact we are networking with sponsors to provide refreshments like coffee, tea or...samosas!
Does Café Scientifique Guelph make a profit?
Café Scientifique Guelph is sponsored by the School of Environmental Sciences (SES) at the University of Guelph. This activity is part of SES's Outreach mandate to raise awareness of the environment in the community. Other outreach activities include the Hammond Lectures.